The Downtowner July 25th

Restaurant Week Downtown Offers Delicious Food at an Affordable Rate
From July 31st to August 3rd, Pittsburgh Restaurant Week Downtown, hosted by the PDCDC, will offer patrons of Downtown restaurants the chance to try cuisine at an affordable, fixed rate.
Restaurants throughout Downtown will showcase a three course dinner menu featuring an appetizer, entrée, and dessert available at a fixed rate. While restaurants are not required to offer a lunch menu, they do have the option to do so.
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Currently, 30 restaurants are slated to take part in Restaurant Week Downtown, with more expected to join. A wide array of cuisines are going to be featured, from Alihan’s Mediterranean Cuisine to Meat & Potatoes’ gastropub style comfort food. There is a restaurant for every preference, and Restaurant Week Downtown is a great opportunity to try out a new restaurant or to revisit one of your favorites for a great price.
If you’re interested in seeing the full list of attendees and their menus, you can check out the Facebook event page or the event website.
For restaurants interested in joining, please contact Sammy Wichansky at or call (610) 849-6887.
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Chef Chad Rapp Enhances Market Street Grocery’s Food Scene
Market Street Grocery has been gaining popularity with their baked goods, cheeses and dairy, fresh bread, house made cold cuts, and household staples. Being downtown’s only grocery store, many customers can be seen enjoying the food in the store or taking it to go. Part of Market Street Grocery’s success is due to their local and imported ingredients, but also some of the credit is due to Chef Chad Rapp.
Rapp started his career by chance, at a job delivering pizzas. One day he was asked to stay late to cover a cooking shift for someone who called off, and he fell in love with it, asking the owner if he could start cooking. After two years of cooking and managing the pizza shop, he was offered a kitchen manager position at one of Pittsburgh’s most popular deli’s. Then with a newfound hunger for knowledge, he took a year off to travel and study street food throughout the U.S., Mexico, Canada, and Europe. When he returned to Pittsburgh, he landed a job as executive chef at a nightclub, specializing in small portions and tapas style presentation.
When asked what his favorite thing to cook is, Rapp answered, “It’s not what’s my favorite thing to cook, it’s what people want. It’s what’s in season – what we can get our hands on that’s different. I really don’t have a favorite thing.”
After Rapp’s work at the nightclub, he furthered his culinary education by attending Le Cordon Bleu Pittsburgh and graduated at the top of his class. He became a cook at one of Pittsburgh’s highest rated Italian restaurants and then a sous chef at Chelsea Grill, which lead him to Market Street Grocery.
“I came to check the place out, and I fell in love with it,” said Rapp. “It’s just a great spot. It’s different. It’s not run of the mill stuff.”
Rapp said one of the challenges of being a chef at Market Street Grocery is not having a cycle menu. They have changing daily menus that feature an array of food, from sandwiches, to different kinds of meats and fish. The only dish they serve consistently is general tso’s chicken every Wednesday.
“I have a very diverse crew in my kitchen, so we have very different ethnic backgrounds,” said Rapp. “It shines through in the food, which is really awesome. The challenge is what we can do today with what we find.”
You can sample some of Rapp’s diverse dishes at 435 Market Street, MondayFriday 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
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Food Truck Wednesdays Promise Convenient, Delicious Food
Looking for convenient, delicious food? Be on the lookout for Food Truck Wednesdays on 11 Stanwix Street, the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month. The event runs July through November, and Pittsburgh Sandwich Society and South Side BBQ Co. will be serving their food from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh Sandwich Society offers a weekly menu, right now featuring the In-N-Aht Burger with two beef patties, American cheese, onion jam, spring mix, tomato, pickles, animal sauce, and a butter toasted bun. Another item on the weekly menu is the Grilled Chicken Club with pickle brined chicken, bacon, spicy avocado, spring mix, tomato, crispy potatoes, aioli, and a grilled brioche bun. They also offer a veggie burger, fries, salads, and a dog friendly menu.
South Side BBQ company offers multiple “Sammies” such as the North Carolina Pulled Pork Sammie, the Pulled Chicken Sammie, and the Redneck Club. All of their Sammies are garnished with North Carolina Cole Slaw. They also sell ribs and “Fix-ins” such as pepper-jack mac’n cheese, sweet cornbread, frilled Sweet Potatoes, bowl of brisket chili, and chili mac.
M&J Wilkow is sponsoring this event, not only as a service to their tenants at 11 and 20 Stanwix Street, but also as an open event to the public.
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Picklesburgh Returns to Pittsburgh
Picklesburgh is making its long awaited return to the Roberto Clemente Bridge this Friday, July 28, and Saturday, July 29. The event promises to celebrate everything pickled, featuring food vendors highlighting the theme with their dishes. Local musicians will also be performing throughout the weekend. The festival will be easily spotted thanks to the giant Heinz pickle balloon that, according to the event website, is “custom built by a team that also crafts balloons for Disney and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.” 8cd1a7ed 4544 4285 b31a 55baef8a0a7f - The Downtowner July 25th
While the festival is in its third year, Pittsburgh’s pickle roots go back to the 1893 Chicago’s World Fair, where H.J. Heinz was selling his food products. According to the event website, Heinz was disappointed with the low visitor attendance, due in part to an obscure location for his exhibit. To remedy the situation, Heinz handed out cards that promised a souvenir to everyone who visited his tent. The souvenir was a pickle pin that had Heinz’s name on it. Heinz’s idea was so successful that the Company gave away 1 million pickle pins that day.
The pickle pin remains one of Pittsburgh’s greatest collectibles, and the festival serves as an homage to Heinz’s pickle history. While the festival is a pickle festival, it goes beyond the classic pickle to a wide range of pickled foods as well. Corned beef, sauerkraut, beet pickled eggs, and sauerkraut pierogies are only some of the foods being offered from the numerous vendors. International foods that use pickling methods, such as kimchi, will also be represented at the festival. A number of pickle themed snacks like dill popcorn and pickle ice cream will be offered as well. Festival goers will also have the option to take home some of their favorite pickled treats ready in jars.
Beyond the food, local musicians will be featured throughout the festival on the Northwest Bank Stage. There will also be vendors selling merchandise like jewelry and handbags, with some pickle themed options, of course.
To get involved in all of the pickle themed fun, be sure to check out the festival on the Roberto Clemente Bridge on July 28 and 29 from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. both days. For more information on the festival schedule, the list of vendors, and how to volunteer, visit the festival website.
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Music City Downtown Weekly Calendar
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Music City Downtown Weekly Calendar 
Andys @ Fairmont Pittsburgh
Thursday, July 27 –  Lisa Bleil from 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Friday, July 28 – DJ Malls Spins Vinyl from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Friday, July 28 – Etta Cox from 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Saturday, July 29 – Clair Ascani from 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Backstage Bar
Friday, July 28 – The Palaces at 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 29 – Heather Kropf at 5:00 p.m.
Bobby V
EQT Plaza, Tuesdays from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Eddie V’s
Live jazz every night of the week at various times. Check out Eddie V’s website for a full calendar.
The Garden Cafe at Heinz Hall
Wednesday, July 26 – Shari Richards from 4:30 – 7:00 p.m., weather permitting
Howl at the Moon
Live music on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Fridays at 6:00 p.m. For more information, visit Howl at the Moon’s website here.
Rivers Club
Wednesday, July 26th – Jessica Lee 5:30 – 8:00
Live music every Friday and Saturday from 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Revel + Roost
Friday, July 28 – Shelley Duff from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Rivers Casino
Thursday, July 27th – Lee Alverson 7:00 p.m.
Friday, July 28th – Darryl and Kim Duo 9:00 p.m.
Friday, July 28th – Chris Higbee with Hobb Sisters opening 7:00 p.m.
Friday, July 28th – Jeff Jimerson Duo 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 29th – On The Level 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 29th – Valveeta 10:00 p.m.
Salsa and Bachata nights at Seviche every Tuesday from 10:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. and a live DJ every Friday from 10:00 p.m. – close.
Wigle Whiskey Barrelhouse
Free, live music every Saturday starting at 7 PM at the Barrelhouse in the Northside! The Mash Bill series runs through September. A food truck will also be on-site at each Mash Bill.
Saturday, July 29, Curse Words. Food Truck Feature: Alberto’s Pizza
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Downtown Events this Week:
Rock N Roll Up Your Sleeve Blood Drive, Highmark Stadium, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The Reel Story: La La Land, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Downtown, 12:15 p.m.
Pittsburgh Disability March and ADA Anniversary Rally, 301 Liberty Avenue, 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Lee Alverson, Rivers Casino, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Assemble’s Bantam Night, Wigle Whiskey Barrelhouse, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
FRIDAY, 7/28
Picklesburgh, Roberto Clemente Bridge, 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
The Second Step – Developing a Business Plan, University of Pittsburgh – Mervis Hall, 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Picklesburgh, Roberto Clemente Bridge, 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Women’s History Seminar 2017, Fort Pitt Museum, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
SUNDAY, 7/30
OpenStreetsPGH, Doughboy to Downtown, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Ongoing Events
Green Artists and Writers Camp, Trust Arts Education Center, July 24 through July 28
MAMMA MIA!, Benedum Center, July 28 through August 6
Oaths and Epithets – Works by Sonya Clark, The Society for Contemporary Craft, Mondays-Saturdays through August 19th
Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District, The Cultural District, through September 21, 2018
through October 31st
Beauty of the Burgh with Bike the Burgh Tours, 500 First Ave., through December 31st
Live Music Fridays at Backstage Bar, Backstage Bar at Theater Square, Fridays through August 25th
Free Market Square Area Walking Tour, Meet in PNC Triangle Park across from the Fairmont Pittsburgh hotel at 510 Market Street, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Fridays through July 28th
Free Gateway Center Walking Tour, Meet at the Gateway Subway Station on Stanwix Street near Liberty Avenue, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., Fridays through July 28th
Downtown’s Best: Special Places and Spaces Tour, 10:00 a.m., Plaza at One Oxford Centre, Thursdays through August 31st
Worth New York Fall Trunk Show at Downtown Showroom. Contact Style Strategist Bear Brandegee 412-877-0464 for your appointment.
The Market St. Block Party is a series of events organized by Market Street Grocery in collaboration with Cody Baker. The events bring music, food, and drinks to Downtown Pittsburgh and provide an outdoor alternative to ThursdayHappy Hour as well as connect the rapidly growing Downtown creative community. May’s party features music from Pete Butta & Jeffrey J Justus Jr., street food and cocktails curated by Market Street Grocery and Chef Chad Rapp. $5 Cocktail specials by Faber Easy Drinking Liquors